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How To Become a Nail Technician

When it comes to starting your own business in the nail industry, you will find that it is a great way to earn an income. But the best thing is you can be flexible and choose your own hours. You can work from home or out and about as a mobile nail artist. This is a good opportunity for busy mums and those who would prefer to be their own boss. It is a job that is very social, fun and creative.

Do you want to set up your own business?

It can be very rewarding and empowering to make your own money – especially when you can do it by creating fancy gel nails for lovely clients! Setting your own hours and only working when you want to, and having the chance to build a customer base with different clients that you can build a friendship with. Now, before diving right in, it is important that you have a well thought out business plan in place.

Requirements of a nail technician

  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Neat appearance
  • No allergies to chemicals
  • Pleasant and friendly manners
  • General interest in people
  • Good hand and eye coordination
  • A lot of patience
  • Creative and artistic ability
  • Ability to cope with the different customer demands 

Training and education

You can work as a nail tech without having formal qualifications, but having some informal training on the job does pay off. You are more likely to be chosen to work in the industry if you have skills and qualifications that you will get by completing a VET course. The subjects and the perquisites will differ between the different colleges. You can also undertake a traineeship in the field of nail technology, beauty therapy or beauty services. 

The tasks of a nail technician:

  • Perform pedicures and manicures
  • Apply gels to acrylic nails extensions and enhancements
  • Apply airbrushed nail art
  • Use electrical equipment designed for nail technology
  • Maintain the safe work practices
  • Conduct financial transactions
  • Make appropriate and safe recommendations to clients
  • Maintain client records
  • Maintain knowledge within the nail tech industry

Working conditions

When you are working as a nail technician, you will find that the job is demanding, the activities are repetitive and it may cause strain to your body when sitting for long periods of time. The chemicals used in nail technology can cause health problems if they are not used correctly and the right protective equipment. You will need to wear protective equipment like aprons, gloves, safety glasses and dust masks. Safety conditions go by the welfare of the client and the technician. 

Employment opportunities 

Plenty of nail technicians work in salons alongside other beauty therapists. If you have qualifications within the beauty therapy sector, you are more likely to be hired by a beauty studio. However, this isn’t a necessary when you run your own business.  

Before you select a course, ensure you meet with potential employers and see whether the course would meet their requirements. The employers are less likely to choose your qualifications aren’t recognized within the nail tech industry.

You will need to check with your local council regarding the requirements needed for a mobile salon or salon beauty service from home, about health and safety regulations and the certain state guidelines. 

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